A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for people near Lloyds Hill area Wicklow Estate, Dumbarton and Nairn Roads in Toodyay.
Homes in Majestica Waters, Lozanda Heights, Vernon Hills, Nottingham Road, Sherwood Road, Folewood Road, Drummondi Drive, Adenanthus Road, Stirlingia Drive and Dumbarton Road will be impacted by the fire now.
Homes in Wicklow Estate and Nairn Roads will be impacted shortly.
This EMERGENCY WARNING means that if you are in this area your best option for survival is away from the fire. If the way is clear leave for your safer place now and take your survival kit with you. Relocating at the last minute is deadly.
If you live in the Lloyds Hill area leave via Sandplain Road on to Toodyay Road and into the Toodyay townsite.
If you live near the intersection of Dumbarton Road and Northam-Toodyay Road leave via the Northam-Toodyay Road towards Northam.
If you live near Nairn Road and Wicklow Estate leave via Goomalling-Toodyay Road towards Goomalling.
Relocation points have been set up at:
- Toodyay Town Hall on Stirling Terrace
- Northam Recreation Centre on Peel Terrace in Northam
If you have animals you can relocate to the Toodyay Sports Oval off Telegraph Street and Toodyay Street.
A bushfire watch and act message has been issued for people in the remaining areas of Toodyay.
This means there is a possible threat to lives and homes. You need to put your bushfire survival plan into action. If you have decided to leave for a safer place, leave now if the way is clear and take your bushfire survival kit with you. Relocating at the last minute is deadly.
The bushfire is moving fast in an east north easterly direction towards the southern end of Toodyay townsite at seven to ten kilometres per hour. It is out of control, unpredictable and fast moving.
Embers are likely to be blown around your home and spot fires are starting up to four kilometres ahead of the fire. Flames are one to two metres high.
FESA was alerted to the fire at 12.59pm and currently there has been more than 1500 hectares burnt.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
More than 75 volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.
Four helitacs are being used to protect crews and homes.
Emergency services personnel from WA Police, Department of Environment and Conservation, the Shire of Toodyay and Western Power are working with FESA.
Firefighters have saved homes in the area but some homes have been lost.
A number of roads have been closed including
- Sandplain Road from Toodyay Road to Folewood Road
- Folewood Road from River Road to the Shire Office
- Goomalling Toodyay Road near Woodindale Road
- Northam Toodyay Road on Masters Straight
Motorists should avoid the area. Further clarification should be sought from WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.
FESA is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 1300 657 209, visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.